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TED will be coming to the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida on Saturday, Feb. 23, for TEDxUF. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

Chad Paris, owner of Gainesville’s Parisleaf printing and design company, will be one of the speakers at the event, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Extraordinary individuals will share amazing life stories and experiences, Paris said. In his personal speech, he will discuss happiness — a principle he lives by and believes everyone can achieve.

Experts in their fields will address the topic “Pursuing Passion.”

“It’s really just the greatest minds in the world,” Paris said. “And they will challenge you to change everything that you understand about the world, and challenge you to be more open-minded and to see the world in a very different light, in 18 minutes or less.”

TED is known for its “TED-Talks” featuring distinguished speakers. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading, and recently created TEDx so local groups could organize events and share a TED-like experience.

Rachel Jones edited this story online.

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